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Ford passes GM in market cap for the first time in more than 5 years

Keith Naughton and Divya Balji

Ford Motor Co.’s surging stock has given it a market value greater than rival General Motors Co. for the first time in more than five years.

Ford had a market value of $83 billion at the close in New York, just barely ahead of GM’s $82.9 billion. The last time Ford was valued at more than its Detroit-based rival was Sept. 14, 2016, when Ford closed the day with a market cap of $48.2 billion. 

Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co.'s chief executive officer, with the F-150 Lightning, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Dearborn. The automaker's stock has been rising since Farley took the reins last year.

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Ford shares have more than doubled this year and have been trading around a 20-year-high. They’ve been on a tear since Jim Farley became chief executive officer 14 months ago and accelerated Ford’s push into electric vehicles. The automaker has sold out the first year of its electric F-150 pickup, debuting this spring, and plans to produce 600,000 EVs annually by 2024.

GM has a goal to go all-electric by the middle of the next decade, but surprised Wall Street with the abrupt departure of the head of its self-driving unit Cruise just ahead of expected approval for the launch of a robotaxi service in San Francisco.

The valuations of Ford and GM still lag behind that of electric-truck maker Rivian Automotive Inc., which went public in November in the largest IPO of the year. Rivian, which fell after revealing a shortfall in production, is valued at $92.6 billion. Tesla Inc., the largest carmaker in the world by market value, dwarfs the competition with a valuation of $1.09 trillion.

— With assistance by Rob Golum and Tony Robinson